For his second collection at Mugler, designer David Koma started to make a stronger connection with his audience. His move to hardwire the inner workings of computers to sexy and sleek silhouettes gave the outfits an electrical charge that should power sales.
Koma started with jigsaw tailoring that used a mix of matte and shine materials to create a tone on tone circuit board pattern. He then enhanced this idea with strategically placed metal grommets on his short and fitted dresses. Alternatively a sweater woven through with strips of metal could have been construed as a bar code. And some leather dresses enticed with their wrap construction that finished off in leather cables woven through a ring at the shoulder and waist.
As the show progressed, Koma moved out of the dark start and into bright whites. Some supercharged mini dresses, their skirts featuring a microchip motif cut from copper leather, seemed as if they belonged in a remake of the film Tron, Jessica Stam as a fembot. That has got to be the fantasy of more than a few computer programmers.
The sinuous evening gowns, with their "Angelina Jolie's right leg slits" rounded out the geometrically inclined show, their bodices detailed with beading to mimic motherboards.
This season Koma's vision for Mugler most definitely did compute.